DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Rory McIlroy recovered from a quadruple bogey to shoot a 1-under 70 on Friday and keep the lead on the midway level of the Dubai Invitational.
The No. 2-ranked Northern Irishman sank an almost 30-foot putt for birdie on the par-3 sixteenth and completed the second spherical with a 2-stroke lead at 10-under 132 total at Dubai Creek Resort.
McIlroy had stunned himself with a first-round 62 and added back-to-back birdies on the third and fourth holes Friday.
Then got here the par-3 eighth.
McIlroy pulled his tee shot into the water and hit almost the identical spot from the drop zone. He put his fifth shot onto the inexperienced however wanted two putts.
“If I take a look at the opposite 17 holes that I performed, I performed very, very properly once more,” McIlroy mentioned. “I felt like I did properly simply to get my head again into it and play some strong golf on the way in which in. It is good to enter the weekend nonetheless with the lead.”
He then made birdies on the tenth, thirteenth and sixteenth.
“I gave myself possibilities a lot of the again 9, which was good,” McIlroy mentioned, “and I used to be in a position to convert a few them earlier than that robust ending stretch there on 17 and 18.”
McIlroy sees the Dubai Invitational — a event in a relaxed setting, with no reduce and a 60-man area — as a delicate option to ease into 2024. He as soon as lived in Dubai and infrequently visits early within the 12 months to fine-tune his recreation.